Hazelwood Elementary 5th grade students graduate from D.A.R.E.
Hazelwood Elementary 5th grade students participated in the D.A.R.E. program over the last several months with Officer Howell, a Waynesville Police Officer who teaches D.A.R.E. throughout the county.
Founded in 1983, D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a police-officer led program that gives students the skills to avoid drugs and bullying and make smart choices for their lives. D.A.R.E. is now in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. According the D.A.R.E. website, "D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential."
Part of Hazelwood's D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony included the announcement of four D.A.R.E. essay winners. These students wrote essays on what D.A.R.E. taught them and what skills they gained that can be used throughout their lives. Winners were: Molly Dorgan, Hailey Price, Sarah Clarke, and Abigail Souderes. Also recognized at the graduation ceremony was our Tommy Green award winner. Officer Green was a Hawood County Police Officer who showed great compassion for children and the teaching of D.A.R.E. This award is given to the student that shows leadership, strength, and perserverance throughout the 9 week program. Our winner this year is Casey Owen.
The graduation ceremony closed with all 5th grade students singing the D.A.R.E. theme song under the direction of Kaye Atwood, Hazelwood's music teacher.